STV, DRG behind series on 'Braveheart' hero

A drama series on the life of William Wallace — subject of Oscar picture-winner “Braveheart” — is being developed by STV Prods. in association with Digital Rights Group, Nine/8 Entertainment and Creative Media.

“Wallace” will focus on the backstory of its central figure, his years spent attempting to unify Scotland, his major battles and his personal life.

“This was a turbulent time in Scotland’s history, in which William Wallace had a starring and pivotal role,” STV content director Alan Clements said. “We plan to delve deep into his character and explore his passions, bringing parts of history to life in a spectacular and raw depiction. With all eyes on Scotland in the current political climate, this also seems to be a very appropriate time to tell this story in more depth.”

Glasgow-born writer Mick Davis created the series and is exec producing with Creative Media prexy Todd Berger and Andrew Trapani and Brian Gilbert of Nine/8. The original idea for the series came from Kent Dalian and “Braveheart” advisor Seoras Wallace.

“We all love the film ‘Braveheart,’” Berger said, “but there is much about Wallace that couldn’t be depicted due to time constraints and we look forward to exploring these areas.”

DRG is handling worldwide distribution. Creative Scotland will also invest in the project, per its previous development fund arrangement with STV.

“This is an excellent outcome for our investment in STV,” Creative Scotland director of creative development Caroline Parkinson said. “A strong story, with good international distribution in place, it’s a great opportunity to showcase Scotland’s production talent in a series format.”

Davis is repped by APA and attorney Don Steele, Creative Media and Nine/8 by attorney Allison Binder and Dalian and Wallace by attorney Les Abel.

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